Officer and Executive Committee Elections

This page lists GSC election dates, currently nominated officer candidates, and provides an excerpt regarding elections from the GSC Constitution & Bylaws.

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GSC election dates

Officer elections

  • Nominations open: Wed March 4, 2015
  • Nominations close: Wed March 25, 2015
  • Meet the Officer Candidates Event – TBD but around Tues March 24, 2015 in 50-220
  • Officer elections: At the GCM start at 5:30pm, Wed. April 1, 2014 in 32-144

Committee elections

  • Academics, Research & Careers – TBD (last year 6:30pm, Tues April 8, 2014 in 50-220)
  • Housing & Community Affairs -TBD (last year 6:00pm, Mon April 7, 2014 in 50-220)
  • Orientation - TBD (last year 6:00pm, Wed April 9, 2014 in 50-220)
  • Activities - TBD (last year 5:30pm, Tues April 8, 2014 in 50-220)


2014-2015 GSC Officer candidates

 John Kendall Nowocin  Statement of purpose Resume
 Vice-President (in alphabetical order)   
 Chris Aakre  Statement of purpose  Resume
 Francesco Bellei  Statement of purpose  Resume
 Beipeng Mu  Statement of purpose  Resume
 Shabnam Raayai Ardakani  Statement of purpose Resume 
 Treasurer (in alphabetical order)
 Sven Schlumpberger  Statement of purpose  Resume
 Wanqin Xie  Statement of purpose


GSC election procedures

The following are relevant excerpts from the MIT GSC Constitution and by-laws regarding Officer election procedures.

  • The officers shall be nominated and elected by the Council at its April meeting. They shall assume office at the May meeting. An officer may be impeached by any three members of the Council, and the officer may be removed by a 2/3 vote of the members of the Council.
  • Nominations for officer positions will open at the March meeting and will remain open until one week before the elections. A nomination consists of a nomination vote by a Council member and a second by another Council member. Both the nomination and the second may be carried out orally at the meeting or as signed statements at any other time the nominations are open.
  • A sliding ballot will be maintained throughout the elections, which will be carried out in the order of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Any unsuccessful candidate may run for one of the remaining positions without any further nomination procedure.
  • In the event that no one is nominated for a position at the time the nominations close, the nominations will reopen during the April meeting prior to the elections.
  • All candidates shall prepare a statement of purpose within two days of their nomination which will be posted at the GSC office. The Council will sponsor an informal coffee hour on the day the nominations close during which graduate students will have the chance to meet the candidates and ask any relevant questions. Statement of Purpose Example
  • All candidates for a position will give a speech of no more than five minutes.
  • The Council will have the chance to ask questions of the candidates. All questions will be addressed to all the candidates and will be answered in the following order: the first question will be answered first by the first candidate, second by the second candidate, etc.; the second question will be answered first by the second candidate, second by the third candidate, etc., and the first candidate will answer this question last.
  • The candidates will be asked to leave the room and closed-ballot voting will take place. Voters will be asked to list the candidates in order of preference and the votes will be counted using the full preferential method.